We have all lost many, or all, of seeing friends and family, as we try to keep each other safe.
Lots of us have been forced into spending far more time with their people in our households. This can be stressful or even dangerous.
At a time when we all face ongoing uncertainty and worry about coronavirus, these stresses on our relationships are probably all the harder to cope with. So it’s worth trying to be extra patient and understanding, both with each other and also ourselves.
How to stay connected with people
There’s a wide variety of ways to keep in touch with people: phones, computers and the even good old snail mail. Hearing a friendly and familiar voice, or reading a message, helps us feel more connected. This is important for our mental health, especially for anyone living alone.
In the past 12 months lots of people have got to grips with Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp video, giving them another way to see a friendly face.
If you want to reach out beyond the people you already know, there are lots of supportive online communities, although it’s worth remembering they are not always safe places.
One supportive community for anyone experiencing problems with their mental health is Mind’s Elefriends.